Hard water is not only increasing your bills by reducing the water pressure in your pipes, damaging your appliances, and insulating pipes that are supposed to have great heat exchange, but it can also affect your health over time.
The most affected parts of your body are your hair, skin, and nails. Let’s see how you can spot this problem and what to do about it.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water is defined by a large concentration of hard particles – minerals – in the water. The main minerals found in hard water are magnesium and calcium, which form limestone and other hard deposits, which can accumulate on the inside of the pipes and make cleaning less effective.
How Does Hard Water Affect Your Hair
Hard water can make your hair care routine ineffective, because it leads to product and dirt build-up, hard to lather shampoo, difficulty rinsing the shampoo and other products from your hair, and mineral build-up on your hair and scalp.
Such aggression caused by dirt, products, and minerals on your hair and scalp can be terrible for your hair’s health. Signs of hard water include limp and dull hair, dry and itchy scalp, fading color (if your hair is dyed).
How Does Hard Water Affect Your Skin
Skin can also be affected by hard water, leading to problems as serious as chronic eczema or dryness. Similar to what it does to your scalp, hard water will dry your skin and leave residues on it, which can lead to irritations and skin conditions.
If you notice your skin being dry even when using moisturizing products, and you correlate it with a visible film on your shower walls, windows, and fixtures, you most probably have hard water.
How Does Hard Water Affect Your Nails
Nails that are constantly exposed to hard water will become dry, brittle, and dull. Washing your dishes or simply washing your hands regularly with hard water in your water system will show on your nails, too.
How to Get Rid of Hard Water?
As you can see, hard water is bad for your house and yourself. If you notice any of these signs, consider getting your water tested and investing in a water softening or conditioning system if your worries are confirmed.
Ising’s Culligan Water is a company specializing in testing and purifying your water system. Contact us online, or give us a call at 925-206-3727 and you can schedule a free in-home water test or complete a water diagnose quiz yourself.
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